Beer v. Wine: The naming wars

Great article by Euegene Pak on JD Supra on October 20, 2014 detailing the Patent & Trademark Office's approach to viewing beer and wine as related goods when refusing a trademark application for a beer with a similar name as a wine, and the flaws in that approach.  To support its position that beer and wine are "closely-related," the USPTO claims evidence of companies that produce both beer and wine under the same house mark.  However, Pak notes that it is in fact uncommon for a company to make both beer and wine.